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Old 18-11-2015, 13:15   #46
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Re: Keel Nut Removal in the Water

Originally Posted by Schooner Chandlery View Post
3 days of work, travel lifts,'s not a quick thing to do nor is it inexpensive. Yes, you have a direct process in place but...

Thanks for the info.
Keep in mind this was for a 70' boat with an 12,000lbs 12' long keel and a 9' long 17,000lbs keel and a 115' mast. Nothing happens quick when messing around with a boat that big.

Taking the rig on or off for instance was six hours for five people and a crane. I doubt a trailerable 25' boat will need five people and six hours to destep a five spreader rig. More like one person and 45 minutes.

We had to use a custom dug pit to hold the keels since the boat was too tall for jack stands without it. This requires a lot more boat movement than a trailer would just to get the right keel under the boat.

Realistically on a small boat you just have the travel lift pull the boat up, drive the trailer away, and then block the boat where she is. Putting the keel back same thing in reverse. It's done all the time on small raceboats this size, just to template them, and move the keel to the dead center of the hull.


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Old 19-11-2015, 03:45   #47
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Re: Keel Nut Removal in the Water

If I had to do that for the time and effort I'd just go buy another C&C 25!
Cheap enough and enough of them for sale.
Make one good one out of 2.
Just did a quick search, one less than 2 hours from me asking 2500$ you would probaly get it for 15-1700$
Not trying to put down the OPs boat, I have a C&C 25. Love it, the perfect boat for me at this time.

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Old 19-11-2015, 04:16   #48
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Re: Keel Nut Removal in the Water

Originally Posted by Schooner Chandlery View Post
Thanks. That makes sense. Ours, through-bolted, we replaced in place one by one (while hauled out)...tedious to get the old ones out, easy to get the new ones in place.

Pain in the butt.... But one less thing to lie awake worrying about!

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